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Swimmer Chelsea Chenault, 18, is East Bay Girls Swimmer of the Year and is photographed at Concord Community Pool in Concord, Calif., on Monday, June 3, 2013. Chenault is a 2013 Carondelet High School Graduate who lives in Walnut Creek and who will be attending the University of Southern California in the fall. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

CONCORD -- Chelsea Chenault's senior swimming season ended just the way she wanted.

She jumped out of the pool after pacing Carondelet High to a national high school record in the girls 400-yard freestyle relay, and waited for the team results to be tallied.

When the Cougars were announced as the North Coast Section girls champion for the first time in three years, the USC-bound senior led her teammates in song.

"My whole goal going in was to try to win the team title," Chenault said. "I won two individual titles my junior year but still felt something was missing. (The team aspect) was the whole part I loved about high school swimming."

Chenault certainly did her part in the Cougars' championship run, winning both her individual events and delivering two strong relay swims.

In dominant efforts, Chenault set an NCS record in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minutes, 44.45 seconds) and won the 500 freestyle going away.

One of the best freestyle specialists in NCS history, Chenault is the East Bay Girls Swimmer of the Year for the second straight season.

She finishes her high school career with her name attached to three NCS individual records -- the 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle -- along with two national relay records. In addition to leading this year's feat in the 400 freestyle relay, Chenault swam the freestyle leg when Carondelet's 200 medley relay team set national records in 2010 and 2011.


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Chenault, who has traveled across the globe as a member of various U.S. national teams, said her final NCS meet was one of her most memorable swimming moments.

"Just being able to win the title and breaking a national high school record in my last race," she said.

Chenault is headed to USC in the fall but has a big summer season before that. She's hoping to make the U.S. team that will travel to Barcelona for the FINA World Championships.

Otherwise, she'll be off to Russia for the World University Games.

Wherever she ends up, she'll carry momentum from an excellent final high school season.